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Conan is going to be guest programmer on the 4th of July. I literally cringed when I saw him sitting next to RO, but then, he opened his mouth and sounded....like a fan.

 

Here are his picks:

 

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY - Conan said this is the movie that made him want to be in show business as a little kid. He was completely spellbound by Cagney and wanted to be the character of Cohan presented in this movie. Funny that his name is one letter off.

 

THE ROARING TWENTIES

 

NETWORK

 

DUCK SOUP

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Thanx for the update. I'm still cringing at seeing him sit next to my Bobby. But I guess I have to share with the world. :P

 

Not crazy about *"...Dandy"* but I do like his choices. It's funny, we still don't think that a lot of these celebrities can be film fans just like normal people. When I saw some taping done at TCM's New York studios, I saw Alec Baldwin do his intros. He was hilarious and he really knew about movies. I didn't know...I was impressed.

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I am probably one of the few people who really like Alec, and would love to see him continue on at TCM in any way possible.

 

It's hilarious to me that my old boss, a woman who behaved as if she were queen of the kennel, had the most spectacular crush on night time soap star Baldwin, and never missed him in any of his movies. I never understood it, though I thought he was a decent actor. Now, I really like him, and wish there was a venue for him as a larger than life character actor. Oh wait...I guess that's 30ROCK.

 

I'd actually like to know Baldwin's top ten or twenty favorite classic films.

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I like Alec Baldwin too. He was great in *"THE DEPARTED."* Baldwin's career reminds me of Dick Powell's and Leslie Nielsen's. First a tenor and a serious young actor both Powell's and Nielsen's career changed in the second half of their life being a tough guy and comic actor, respectively.

 

It may be Baldwin is more popular now as a character actor than he was as a "leading man" when his looks were killer. He probably was always funny underneath (he looks like he likes to laugh) but maybe his agents and the suits thought he was too good-looking to be regular.

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Yeah...Barrymore. Good catch. If I see Baldwin in anything younger...I'm always taken aback becuz I forgot how handsome he was.

 

I should really watch *"30 ROCK"* more...but I'm addicted to MSNBC.

 

Go figure. Hope you're getting better. Missing our moviechats. Hey, that could be the name of a show....

 

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I like Baldwin much nore now that he has become a character actor, though I've never seen more of than five minutes of 30 Rock. I don't think he always parodies himself if the role calls for something more. In *The Cooler* (2003) he was great as a conflicted if weasely guy who'd been in casino management a little too long. Now that I discovered that movie was as long ago as 2003 I guess maybe the actor has decided to go for the steady paycheck if it calls for parody.

 

If you ever have a chance to see Baldwin's first appearnce on Inside the Actor's Studio (yeah, I know) PLEASE watch it. It is an hour and a half of this guy describing what it means to try to make decent choices as an actor and the differences between ideals and realities. It's also so ruefully hilarious my face hurt from smiling and laughing after watching it.

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We no longer get the Actor's Studio on Bravo since I opted for a cable company that has TCM. Sad but true. I wonder if they are available for rent or on youtube?

 

I can recommend Gabriel Byrne's episode too. He's a whole lot better offscreen than on, funny too, and I think he's another fairly good actor who hasn't had a lot of opportunity.

 

Easy on the eyes too if you know what I mean. Watch out for those Irish boys Moira.

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Is it just me? Has anyone else noticed that Alec Baldwin is the real James T. Kirk? I mean he is everywhere...I think he is taking over for Regis sometime... :) Seriously, does anyone know when his ads for Priceline will be on next? I am really afraid he is going to run out of ginseng and acai berry....

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JACK FAVELL writes: *"Did you catch Hotel or Grand Hotel last night?"*

 

No, I didn't watch either of the 'hotels.' I did see a few tense moments of Rod Taylor trying to rescue people from a defective elevator. (Michael Rennie didn't make it out alive.Poor Klaatu). I had visions of "The Towering Inferno." Rod's so intense and masculine. He's a joy to watch even for ten minutes. I think I should have kept the channel there. I sat at my bar a couple of weeks ago when this woman with a heavy accent ordered a drink. The bartender asked her where she was from and she said "Australia." My first thought is always movies, so I said to her "Australia..aaaah, Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe." She said "Yeah." I said, "do you remember Rod Taylor?" "Who? (That response already incredulously threw me for a loop b'cuz this lady wasn't twelve years old. I continued for one more sentence. That's all folks get who don't know movies. I'm a Maven and time's a-wastin'). "Rod Taylor. 'The Birds?' Alfred Hitchcock?" She said, "That was before my time." And she was no spring chicken. Now I ask you, what am I, Methuselah? I know who Abraham Lincoln is. Does that make me born in 1863?

 

Hey, don't answer that.

 

*"We no longer get the Actor's Studio on Bravo since I opted for a cable company that has TCM. Sad but true. I wonder if they are available for rent or on youtube?*

 

*"INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO"* doesn't come on tv any more. I have many episodes on VHS tape. I could look to see if I have the Baldwin episode on tape in about a hundred years once I'm packed and then unpacked."

 

*"I can recommend Gabriel Byrne's episode too. He's a whole lot better offscreen than on, funny too, and I think he's another fairly good actor who hasn't had a lot of opportunity."*

 

Aaaaah, black Irish dark looks and that slight brogue. What the heck was Ellen Burstyn thinking about. Ohhhhhh, "show me the money, Ron." I see. I liked him in *"Miller's Crossing"* and *"The Usual Suspects."*

 

MOIRA FINNIE writes: *"I don't think he always parodies himself if the role calls for something more. In "The Cooler (2003) he was great as a conflicted if weasely guy who'd been in casino management a little too long."*

 

You're so right he doesn't, and hopefully I didn't imply that he did. I remember *"The Cooler"* and he was quite good (and very dramatic). William H. Macy, as always, is good, and that under-the-radar actress, Maria Bello, I've admired for years. She should be more in the forefront, but I feel she probably likes her place where she is in the Hollywood food chain.

 

*"Now that I discovered that movie was as long ago as 2003 I guess maybe the actor has decided to go for the steady paycheck if it calls for parody."*

 

...And hey, who doesn't need a steady paycheck in this economy.

 

 

 

SUE SUE APPLEGATE writes: *"Is it just me? Has anyone else noticed that Alec Baldwin is the real James T. Kirk? I mean he is everywhere..."*

 

Hellooooooooooooooooo Texas! Baldwin now has nothing to prove so we see him hawking airtravel. Better to see him here than to not see him (and all those celebrities) who do commercials in Japan. I just saw James T. Kirk...William Shatner in *"King of the Spiders" (1977)* last night. His toupee was as high as the ten gallon hat he wore and he fought the good fight to beat the spiders. (He lost. Et tu, Tiberius)? The dialogue was corny, the ending was shocking and Woody Strode was the first to go, his face attacked by spiders. Hope all's well with you and yours deep in the heart of the lone star state.

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Where is the da--m quote feature????

 

*No, I didn't watch either of the 'hotels.' I did see a few tense moments of Rod Taylor trying to rescue people from a defective elevator. (Michael Rennie didn't make it out alive.Poor Klaatu). I had visions of "The Towering Inferno." Rod's so intense and masculine. He's a joy to watch even for ten minutes. I think I should have kept the channel there.*

 

You should have, it was good! Merle Oberon cried on cue!

 

 

Rod was absolutely Rod and that means a joy to watch, full of twinkle and hard good looks, but just a bit on the rumpl-ey side of handsome. Energetic, take charge... THE leading man......perfect. There is no way Catherine Spaak (whew!) could NOT fall.

 

 

*I sat at my bar a couple of weeks ago when this woman with a heavy accent ordered a drink. The bartender asked her where she was from and she said "Australia." My first thought is always movies, so I said to her "Australia..aaaah, Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe." She said "Yeah." I said, "do you remember Rod Taylor?" "Who? (That response already incredulously threw me for a loop b'cuz this lady wasn't twelve years old. I continued for one more sentence. That's all folks get who don't know movies. I'm a Maven and time's a-wastin'). "Rod Taylor. 'The Birds?' Alfred Hitchcock?" She said, "That was before my time." And she was no spring chicken. Now I ask you, what am I, Methuselah? I know who Abraham Lincoln is. Does that make me born in 1863?*

 

 

*Hey, don't answer that.*

 

 

OH MY GOD, you are making me roll with laughter! Sad isn't it? Sheesh what is this world coming to?

 

 

*"INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO" doesn't come on tv any more. I have many episodes on VHS tape. I could look to see if I have the Baldwin episode on tape in about a hundred years once I'm packed and then unpacked."*

 

 

Here, I watched it yesterday:

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VKRMpYhCmY

 

 

Gabriel Byrne is queued up right after. Make sure you bring kleenex to the computer though...he had some tough times, which made me love him more.

 

 

 

*Aaaaah, black Irish dark looks and that slight brogue. What the heck was Ellen Burstyn thinking about. Ohhhhhh, "show me the money, Ron." I see. I liked him in *"Miller's Crossing"* and *"The Usual Suspects."*

 

 

totally. Have you seen *Smilla's Sense of Snow?*

 

 

MOIRA FINNIE writes: *"I don't think he always parodies himself if the role calls for something more. In "The Cooler (2003) he was great as a conflicted if weasely guy who'd been in casino management a little too long."*

 

 

*You're so right he doesn't, and hopefully I didn't imply that he did. I remember *"The Cooler"* and he was quite good (and very dramatic). William H. Macy, as always, is good, and that under-the-radar actress, Maria Bello, I've admired for years. She should be more in the forefront, but I feel she probably likes her place where she is in the Hollywood food chain.*

 

I implied it.

 

 

Oh for goodness sake! I SAW *The Cooler* when it came out! Maria Bello's name finally shocked me into realizing it. It's a super movie, and I had forgotten Baldwin's turn in it. Maria Bello is sorely under-rated, a very fine actress indeed. I hope she works a lot, and I think you are right, I think she chooses her projects, not lets her projects choose her. Her stunning looks get in the way, actually. She seems smart as a whip.

 

Edited by: JackFavell on Jun 22, 2011 11:32 AM

 

Edited by: JackFavell on Jun 22, 2011 12:11 PM

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*"Oh my gosh, why am I stupid enough to go back and watch Gabriel Byrne on the actor's studio again? I'm in love. He IS even better in real life. He's d-r-e-a-m-y."*

 

Well welll welll.....does this mean you've thrown Rudy overboard or are you concentrating on someone who IS a possibility to get without a Ouija Board? He is darkly ruggedly handsome, not pretty-boy handsome. How Ellen went from Gabe to Ron Perelman is beyond me. There ain't that much money in the world.

 

*"Where is the da--m quote feature????"*

 

Aaaaaah, Ye Olde Message Board. Still a hot piece of mess.

 

No, I didn't watch either of the 'hotels.' I did see a few tense moments of Rod Taylor trying to rescue people from a defective elevator. (Michael Rennie didn't make it out alive.Poor Klaatu). I had visions of "The Towering Inferno." Rod's so intense and masculine. He's a joy to watch even for ten minutes. I think I should have kept the channel there.

 

"You should have, it was good! Merle Oberon cried on cue!"

 

Aaaaah lovely Merle of the High Foreheaded Oberons. I saw this in the movies, believe it or not. And for the life of me, I can't remember what premiere I went to where I watched the Movie Stars go in, but I have a photograph of Merle Oberon in a light green print dress standing with her partner, Robert Wolders. I should have watched the movie. Lately, I haven't been watching TCM. I've been running around my life and my bedroom being busy. Can't siddown and concentrate on a movie. This is NOT good.

 

Rod was absolutely Rod and that means a joy to watch, full of twinkle and hard good looks, but just a bit on the rumpl-ey side of handsome. Energetic, take charge... THE leading man......perfect. There is no way Catherine Spaak (whew!) could NOT fall."

 

I like that "hard good looks." He's a man of action, uses his hands, you can tell. Rugged. He looked like he was really IN that shaft. I remember Catherine Spaak. She was gorgeous. But you know who I liked from the 60's: Senta Berger.

 

I sat at my bar a couple of weeks ago when this woman with a heavy accent ordered a drink...I said, "do you remember Rod Taylor?" "Who? (That response already incredulously threw me for a loop...) She said, That was before my time." And she was no spring chicken. Now I ask you, what am I, Methuselah? I know who Abraham Lincoln is. Does that make me born in 1863? Hey, don't answer that!

 

"OH MY GOD, you are making me roll with laughter! Sad isn't it? Sheesh what is this world coming to?"

 

Go on...laugh why don't you? Guffaw at my pain. I'm trying to make human connections, and folks don't remember what a rotary phone looks like. My pal Jack!

 

"Gabriel Byrne is queued up right after. Make sure you bring kleenex to the computer though...he had some tough times, which made me love him more."

 

I'll need a moment of stillness before I can get at that. But I do want to see it.

 

"Have you seen *Smilla's Sense of Snow?"

 

If this is with Juliette Binoche investigating a murder of a little kid...I've seen bits and pieces of it. It wasn't holding me. Should I really give it a go? Remember, I like Tina Fey and The Three Stooges.

 

"Oh for goodness sake! I SAW The Cooler when it came out! Maria Bello's name finally shocked me into realizing it. It's a super movie, and I had forgotten Baldwin's turn in it. Maria Bello is sorely under-rated, a very fine actress indeed. I hope she works a lot, and I think you are right, I think she chooses her projects, not lets her projects choose her. Her stunning looks get in the way, actually. She seems smart as a whip."

 

Have you seen Maria Bello in "A History of Violence" with Viggo Mortensen? Whew! But wait, she was born in 1967. She probably doesn't remember electric typewriters.

 

I'm still trying to prepare my notes on two things: "PAYMENT ON DEMAND" a really well done film about the disintegration of a marriage. (Frances Dee has a small part that she just soooo nails!) and *"MARRIAGE IS A PRIVATE AFFAIR" where I single out the "unjustly neglected" FRANCES

GIFFORD. Have you seen either of these? There's a dinner scene that was masterfully laid out in this movie.

 

But before I do that, I've got to see a man about a horse. Yeah... My sister will be visiting from Texas and she wants to ride a hansom cab in Central Park.

 

CineMillineryMaven

 

Edited by: CineMaven on Jun 22, 2011 2:03 PM

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You have your silent leading men, and you have your talking leading men....

 

I *DARE* you to listen to one sentence in that Gabriel Byrne vid. JUst watch the first minute of him talking. cmon cmon!

 

I dare you not to be spellbound. He's PERFECT. A rough and tumble street kid from Dublin who longs for the stars and can recite poetry. SIGH

 

*Aaaaah lovely Merle of the High Foreheaded Oberons. I saw this in the movies, believe it or not. And for the life of me, I can't remember what premiere I went to where I watched the Movie Stars go in, but I have a photograph of Merle Oberon in a light green print dress standing with her partner, Robert Wolders. I should have watched the movie. Lately, I haven't been watching TCM. I've been running around my life and my bedroom being busy. Can't siddown and concentrate on a movie. This is NOT good.*

 

On the contrary, it's very good... don't spend your life in front of the boob tube, formally the TV but now the compooper.

 

*I like that "hard good looks." He's a man of action, uses his hands, you can tell. Rugged. He looked like he was really IN that shaft. I remember Catherine Spaak. She was gorgeous. But you know who I liked from the 60's: Senta Berger.*

 

I am not as familiar with 60's stars as some of you are. So I spent all night trying to figure out who Catherine Spaak was, then looking her up and going "who?"

 

*Go on...laugh why don't you? Guffaw at my pain. I'm trying to make human connections, and folks don't remember what a rotary phone looks like. My pal Jack!*

 

I am laughing cause it's true! My first experience with that came when I worked at the bank. Eighteen year old teller and I are having a conversation about something and I brought up Ed Sullivan. I thought he was joking when he said "who?" but he wasn't. Homeschooled I think.

 

*I'll need a moment of stillness before I can get at that. But I do want to see it (Gabriel Byrne).*

 

I was wrong, you don't need your kleenex, it isn't as sad as I remember.

 

*If this is with Juliette Binoche investigating a murder of a little kid...I've seen bits and pieces of it. It wasn't holding me. Should I really give it a go? Remember, I like Tina Fey and The Three Stooges.*

 

Close. I think it's Julia Ormond. It is rather slow moving.... but it's got a stylish noir feel, all about native Inuits. BYrne is sexy and enigmatic...

 

*Have you seen Maria Bello in "A History of Violence" with Viggo Mortensen? Whew! But wait, she was born in 1967. She probably doesn't remember electric typewriters.*

 

I probably saw it and forgot I did...lol. I don't think so. I'll give it a look to find out.

 

There were electric typewriters??? JUst kidding.

 

*I'm still trying to prepare my notes on two things: "PAYMENT ON DEMAND" a really well done film about the disintegration of a marriage. (Frances Dee has a small part that she just soooo nails!) and *"MARRIAGE IS A PRIVATE AFFAIR" where I single out the "unjustly neglected"* *FRANCES*

*GIFFORD. Have you seen either of these? There's a dinner scene that was masterfully laid out in this movie.*

 

I've seen half of each and liked what I saw a lot. Wished I'd seen all of either one.

 

 

*But before I do that, I've got to see a man about a horse. Yeah... My sister will be visiting from Texas and she wants to ride a hansom cab in Central Park.*

 

oooh, that sounds awesome! You are a good sis.

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>I dare you not to be spellbound. He's PERFECT. A rough and tumble street kid from Dublin who longs for the stars and can recite poetry. SIGH

 

Jacks,

 

He is absolutely hearbreaking in the *Man in the Iron Mask* with an all-star cast that includes John Malkevich, Gerard Depardu and Jeremy Irons as well as a young Leo.

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Lz,

 

Thanks for telling me! I've not ever seen it, staying away from as much of the young heartthrob Leo stuff as I could.... kinda like Groucho missing the opera. If I'd known that Byrne was in it, I would have watched it long ago!

 

You should watch this actor's studio episode (like you'll ever have time) - He does a hilarious Gerard Depardieu imitation.

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Jacks,

 

Even Leo is good in it in a dual role but it is the men who surround him that steal the movie. They have great chemistry together and are a joy to watch.

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"I DARE you to listen to one sentence in that Gabriel Byrne vid. JUst watch the first minute of him ialking. cmon cmon! I dare you not to be spellbound. He's PERFECT. A rough and tumble street kid from Dublin who longs for the stars and can recite poetry. SIGH."

 

Did you work in advertising? You had me at "rough and tumble."

 

"On the contrary, it's very good... don't spend your life in front of the boob tube, formally the TV but now the compooper."

 

COMPOOPER. Oh wow. You WERE in advertising. Brilliant!!

 

"I am not as familiar with 60's stars as some of you are. So I spent all night trying to figure out who Catherine Spaak was, then looking her up and going 'who?' "

 

You're forgiven b'cuz you know soo sooo much more.

 

"I am laughing cause it's true! My first experience with that came when I worked at the bank. Eighteen year old teller and I are having a conversation about something and I brought up Ed Sullivan. I thought he was joking when he said "who?" but he wasn't. Homeschooled I think."

 

Seee? Whatsamattah with kids today.

 

"Close. I think it's Julia Ormond. It is rather slow moving.... but it's got a stylish noir feel, all about native Inuits. BYrne is sexy and enigmatic..."

 

You had me at sexy and enigmatic. Plays into my "he's unavailable" psychosis, Dr. Favell. You're tapping into it.

 

Have you seen Maria Bello in "A History of Violence" with Viggo Mortensen? Whew! But wait, she was born in 1967. She probably doesn't remember electric typewriters.

 

 

"I probably saw it and forgot I did...lol. I don't think so. I'll give it a look to find out."

 

There's a scene on a staircase...you know, when fighting couples make up. Check it out.

 

"There were electric typewriters??? JUst kidding."

 

A-ha! Imposter!!!

 

 

But before I do that, I've got to see a man about a horse. Yeah... My sister will be visiting from Texas and she wants to ride a hansom cab in Central Park.

 

"oooh, that sounds awesome! You are a good sis."

 

HA! She'd laugh to hear that. I used to steal her clothes and wear them to school. Her wardrobe was much better than mine. Maybe that's been my mental block with fashion I want to make up for it now reading about it over at the Cinema Style thread. Another breakthrough Dr. Favell.

 

P.S. For those of you intending on visiting New York, the hansom cab rides are along 5th Avenue and Central Park South. The prices: $50.00 for the first twenty minutes and $20.00 every ten minutes thereafter. Get that guy of yours to take you on a nice romantic horse and carriage ride. I'll be thinking of you while I'm with my sister. Brother!

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Yes, Mave! All is well with me Deep in the Heart of the Lone Star Drought! We finally had a little rain to slow down the wildfires yesterday. Hasn't been this dry or this hot since around 1910.

 

Just posted a bit on meeting documentary director Patricio Guzman on Sue Sue's Blog.

 

I have been distracted and occupied much this week.A dear friend passed, and I was asked to play the piano at the funeral.

 

Bronxie's Hirsuteness Thread is one of the livliest ever. Love reading Moira's, Jackie's, Izcutter's, and your posts.... :)

 

Hope Jackie is doing much better!

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